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Magento overrides custom category URL rewrites after reindex

Magento overrides custom category URL rewrites after reindex

Hi all,


I'm having an issue with Magento overriding custom category URL rewrites after I reindex the "Catalog URL Rewrites". Im using these custom rewrites to redirect categories from the main navigation to custom pages.


Here are the steps I take:

  • Find the system category rewrite
  • Delete it
  • Create a custom rewrite using the same ID path, Old Request Path and the Page Url as the target path

               ID Path: category/2

               Request Path: resources/videos/product-videos

               Target Path: product-videos

               Permanent 301 redirect


But if I reindex the Catalog URL Rewrites it overrides them and creates a new system url rewrite.


Here are my questions:

  1. Is there any way to fix this?
  2. Is there any time where I'd need to reindex the Catalog Url Rewrites? I only reindexed it this time because I removed the .html suffix from products and categories. So if it's something that doesn't need to be reindexed I'll just keep that in mind and never reindex it.